Women of War

Women of War

by Lisa Beth Darling

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This story spans four generations of women in Alena's family from her great-grandmother, Shar Draíocht the last known Queen of the Dark Kingdom. Morrowind, her tortured daughter. Maven, Alena's free spirited mother. And ends the night Alena washed up on Ares' shore. With intensity, lust, fear, and strength these Women of War make their way in the world revealing the hidden truths of the past and Ares true connection to his beloved Wife, Alena.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153895987
Publisher: Moon Mistress Publishing
Publication date: 01/25/2013
Series: OF WAR , #5
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 317 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

It was in the 4th grade when Lisa Beth Darling discovered she was a naturally gifted writer. For her very first creative writing assignment, the teacher asked the class to pen a story about a baby bird's first flight and read them to the class. Putting pencil to paper, Lisa was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn't explain. When they were finished, all of the children read their happy stories to the class. Not Lisa. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished all they could do was stare at her. The teacher kept her after class told her the story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked Lisa if she'd ever heard of Icarus and did she base her story on him. Lisa had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As Lisa left the classroom the teacher again told her how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. When Lisa asked her teacher: "Why?" The teacher had no answer. Luckily for us, Lisa never took that teachers' advice. Today she brings us complex multi-layered stories rich with the trials and tribulations that make up the world in which we live. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, Lisa's stories revolve around the intricacies of couples from range the intimacy of lovers, to mothers and sons, and brothers and sisters. Lisa Beth Darling is 49 years-old, lives in her hometown of New London, CT with her husband of nearly 30 years, Roy. She is the author of more than fifteen novels along with several short stories and non-fiction books.

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Women of War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nicepuppy421 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful story that explains about Alena's past and fills the gap to so many unanswered question's that I had regarding her back story. The generations of women in Alena's bloodline lived through so many trials and suffered so much that it's a wonder that Alena was ever even born. I finally got to meet Alena's parents and find out what Apollo and Eros actually did to her. This was a really fast read and it is a nice addition to the series.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls What an incredible additional installment to the Of War series. Still just as sexy, dark, dangerous and gritty as the rest, but a delightful peek into all of those little holes that we didn't quite have the full story for in books #1 - #4.  We get Alena's full backstory in this book. Learn how she ended up with her father, where she really came from, what the difference is between the light and dark kingdoms, find out how she met Artemis, what really happened with Eros and Apollo and more... Lisa Beth tells the story of Alena's great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to lay the foundation of the Light Fey and Dark Fae in a truly captivating manner. She delves into their lives, hardships, and expresses - as only Lisa Beth can - the sacrifices made.    Over the course of the series I've always been a bit humbled by Alena's strength and after reading Women of War I realized where a lot of it came from. She has never had an easy life. She was rejected, abandoned, lived in fear, suffered more hardship than any one person should, and yet bounced back with even more conviction, strength, and inner light. And while Lisa has always made it known that Apollo is not a character you will ever love, after reading Women of War you will truly despise him. There have been some nasty Gods in these books, characters that literally turned your stomach, some that were able to redeem themselves in future installments, but now that we have the 'true' story of what happened with Alena, Apollo and Ares, you will never look at any of them the same again.  Women of War still held true to the style that fans of the series have come to know and love. There were parts that were really tough to read - very violent, explicit, etc - and yet, they were told with such talent that it simultaneously made me uncomfortable (something I always look forward to with these books actually, LOL) and awed me.  Women of War is an utterly captivating thrill-ride that will have you thinking long after the last page is turned, however, I do not suggest reading Women of War without having read and enjoyed the other books of the series first. This is definitely a series that builds and each book is another level from the one before. I cannot wait to see how Lisa Beth brings about the finale of the series and I am SO excited to jump into Kingdoms of War next. :)
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Spanning four generations, Women of War is an enthralling addition to the Of War series, fully filling in Alena’s back story which the reader had glimpses of in the other novels. In the first part of this story, Lisa Beth Darling, with her unique voice, uses the stories of Alena’s great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to tell the stories of the Fey and the Dark Fae. Their stories are captivating because their personalities and lives are so different from each other. Furthermore, Alena’s story is thoroughly consuming, keeping me glued to my e-reader as I discovered all about her life before she washed up on Ares’s island. After learning about the women in Alena’s family tree, I found it is easy to see where Alena strength comes from. Alena’s early life, filled with rejection, fear, violence, and loneliness, is heartbreaking. Eros kidnaps Alena and asks Apollo to help him question her about the location of the Golden Lands and the Dark Kingdom. With his ability to change forms and search minds for memories, Apollo violates and tortures Alena both emotionally and physically. These scenes are quite explicit and were difficult to read. I thought Apollo was downright mean in the other books, but these scenes just solidified my belief that he is just a despicable character—the kind you love to hate and hope will receive justice for his actions. After witnessing firsthand what was only suspected in the previous books, I found Alena’s character even more endearing, knowing what she has endured all these years. Women of War is a gripping, page-turning drama that will be remembered long after the last page is read. In order to be fully enjoyed, I believe that Women of War should be read after reading the other books in this series. I absolutely love revisiting these characters each time a new story is released, and I am eager to see how the author concludes this series in Kingdoms of War due out in 2014.